Update: Police have said that the shootings early Tuesday morning appear to be part of an attempted robbery. Three suspects were apprehended and booked at the San Francisco county jail.
A triple shooting occurred at 16th and Mission streets at about 3:50 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. Initial police reports of the incident were from the area of 16th and Rondel streets. A 46-year-old man was shot in the torso and suffered a life-threatening injury, and a 40-year-old man and 47-year-old man each suffered gunshot wounds to the legs that were not life-threatening.
The suspects involved in the shootings are Larry Carr, 34, Jason Whittenburg, 30, and George Vickers, 33, all residents of San Francisco. The three men were arrested and booked on multiple felonies, including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of an illegal firearm and evading the police.
The suspects drove into the area, exited their vehicle, and then approached the three victims and shot them, police said. The shooters fled the area in a black Mercedes station wagon.
Police officers located the vehicle with the suspects at Gilman Ave and 3rd Street in the Bayview. The suspects did not stop, and police pursued the vehicle. The chase ended when the suspect vehicle collided with parked cars.
When an officer exited his car, the suspect driving the vehicle backed into the patrol car, which injured the officer. The officer suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and he was transported to a hospital.
Two firearms were located in the vehicle, according to police. Police found another firearm on the roadway on Fitzgerald Ave between Ingalls and Hawes streets that they believed was used in the shooting.
The three victims were transported to a San Francisco General Hospital. The suspects were also treated at a hospital after complaining of pain as a result of the vehicle collision.
Law enforcement investigators planned to follow up on other robbery cases to identify whether they are related to Tuesday’s incident.
The block where this incident occurred is also the site of previous gun violence in the past year. Nineteen-year-old Jose Escobar was shot and killed at 16th and Caledonia Streets in October 2012. A 24-year-old Sacramento man, Lorenzo Jimenez, was shot nearby at 16th and Albion in June 2012.
Correction: Police spokesperson Gordon Shyy initially stated that the recent shootings occurred at 16th and Rondel streets, but he has since corrected that to say that the incident was near 16th and Mission streets. This story has been changed to reflect that.